Summertime in the mountains – what better way to see the countryside than on a two-day Studio Tour! And to see the best Ashe County artists working in their own studios! On June 4-5 the Ashe County Arts Council will sponsor the Ashe County Studio Tour, a two-day, self-guided, free event in which twenty-four Ashe County artists open their studios to the public in twenty locations.
Tour participants will discover art studios located all over the county – in and around West Jefferson, Jefferson, Crumpler, Laurel Springs, Todd, Creston, Warrensville, and Lansing. Most of the studios are not usually open to the public, so this is a rare opportunity for people to see where these artists work and at select locations, to watch them as they create their art. And it doesn’t hurt that getting there takes you through some of the most beautiful mountain countryside the High Country has to offer!
All art on the Ashe County Studio Tour is handmade, original work designed and produced by the artists in Ashe County. The artists have shown their work regionally, nationally, and internationally. Some have made their art for over four decades and some are relatively new to their art forms, but all have a passion for what they do and where they do it.
In the town of West Jefferson, see enjoy work from artists including Camille Morgan, David Bridge, the “Quilt Square Girls” Renee and Syndi Brooks, Talara Parrish, Jane Munroe Floyd, Berkeley Brown, Cheryl Williams and Dottie Baker.
Nearby you’ll see creations from Mary Ann Prack, Cynthia Dixon, Pat Morrison, Hollis Wild, Cheryl Roberts and Patrick Robertson.
Head over to Todd to see work from Jeannie Daubar, Helen Barnes-Rielly and Martha Enzmann.
Five miles from Warrensville, you’ll see art by Kelly Clampitt and Kim Hadley and George Kosinski. In Creston, check out work by North Fork Gallery in the Riverview Community Center to see work by Susan Meredith. Other featured artists include by Dawn Wicklow, Delores Somers and Jennifer Gardiner.
Tour maps are available at the Ashe Arts Center and there will be Studio Tour signs along the roadways to help people find their destinations. The studios are open from 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday, June 4 and noon until 5 pm on Sunday, June 5. For more information, contact the Ashe County Arts Council at 336-846-2787 or email [email protected]
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